MINUTES OF CAMI-CNMI MEETING 4-8-09

CAMI-CNMI held its duly noticed regular meeting on April 8, 2009, at 5:15 p.m. at the CAMI Headquarters in As Lito, Saipan.
Present: Jeanne Rayphand, Vice-President/Acting President, Kaye Christian, Treasurer, Chris Kapileo, Sue Gates, Linda and Vic, Meredith and Ricco; Tim Faska; Tilde Rosario, Christy Sablan, and Pam Sablan were present.
Called to order: The meeting was called to order by the Acting President Jeanne Rayphand at 5:15 p.m.
Minutes of 12/10/08 meeting: Were approved.
Treasurer’s report: The Treasurer reported that there is $3,369.73 in the CAMI-CNMI bank account. The total cost of the pergola is $7,114.93, with a balance of $3,481.93 remaining to be reimbursed to Kaye Christian. The expenditures for the TLC/CGC Christmas Party and the Children’s Holiday Party came to $400.66.
A motion was made to reimburse Kaye Christian the sum of $310 from fundraising funds as partial reimbursements on expenditures for the pergola and $400.66 from grant funds as reimbursement for outreach parties. The motion was approved.
Old Business:
1. CHC Psych Unit Pergola for Patio: Has been erected and development of a garden surrounding the pergolas is now in progress. It is anticipated that the dedication of the pergola will be held during Mental Health Month in May.
2. CGC Grant: Approximately $2,659.07 remains from last year’s grant funds. We have been informed that we can put in a proposal for a portion of the New Freedom Intiative Grant for anti-stigma projects.
3. Fundraising: Tickets are continuing to be sold for raffle to win a Barrie Wonenberg original. Kaye Christian will write letters to legislators and businessmen requesting contributions. On May 2, there will be a walk and a wellness fair at which we can sell drinks, etc.
Sue Gates, Kaye Christian, and Tim Faska will constitute a Fund-Raising Committee and will work together to develop ideas for fund-raising.

New Business:
1. Trunkila: Pam Sablan, together with Christy Sablan, of the DD Council, were present and presented information regarding the need for a community-based organization to run the Trunkila program (a loan program for assistive technology) from now until September 30, 2009. They will notify us when the AT Advisory Committee meets so that we can attend and get more information regarding the program and how it runs. It may be possible for a trip to be scheduled to Guam to observe the setup of the program on Guam. Basically, Christy will prepare the applications for loan applicants and the community-based organization will serve to go between the Bank and the loan applicants and the AT Advisory Council.
2. Amendment to Bylaws: A motion to adopt the proposed By-Laws was made and, after discussion, the proposed By-Laws were adopted.
3. Election of Directors and Officers:
The following persons were elected to serve as directors for 2-year terms:
Kaye Christian
Chris Kapileo
Jeanne Rayphand
Sue Gates
Linda Stephanian
The following persons were elected to serve as officers for 1-year terms:
President: Chris Kapileo
Vice-President: Sue Gates
Secretary: Jeanne Rayphand
Treasurer: Kaye Christian
4. Emergency Fund: Tim Faska suggested starting an emergency fund, together with peer support, for persons in emergency cases without income temporarily. The idea was discussed and it was suggested that a special fundraiser, such as a golf tournament, annually or more often, be considered.
A motion was made to establish an Emergency Fund and ascertain sources to fund it. The motion passed.
5. Flametree Festival: Joe Kani has given Jeanne Rayphand his booth for the Flametree Festival so, if we have any arts and crafts to sell, they can be sold at her booth.
Adjourned: The meeting adjourned at 6:21 p.m.
Jeanne H. Rayphand
Secretary

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MINUTES OF CAMI-CNMI MEETING 12-10-08

CAMI-CNMI held its duly noticed regular meeting on December 10, 2008, at 5:15 p.m. at the new CAMI Headquarters in As Lito, Saipan.
Present: Jeanne Rayphand, Vice-President/Acting President and Kaye Christian, Treasurer, Betty Miller, Chris Kapileo, Sue Gates, Linda and Vic were present.
Called to order: The meeting was called to order by the Acting President Jeanne Rayphand at 5:17 p.m.
Minutes of 10/27/08 meeting: Were approved.
Treasurer’s report: The Treasurer reported that an additional $23.70 was spent for candles for anti-stigma campaign.
A motion was made to approve the expenditure of $23. 70 for candles. The motion was approved. A check in the amount of $433.70 shall be made payable to Kaye Christian as reimbursement of $23.70 for candles plus the $410 previously approved for update of tax and license documents.
The balance of funds available from CGC grant and fund-raising activities is $6,628.21 less $2,993 previously approved for reimbursement to Kaye Christian for a total balance available of $3,635.21.
Old Business:
CHC Psych Unit Pergola for Patio: The total paid so far for the Pergola Project is $5,214.21. Hardware is still needed, the cost of which is expected to be $518.57, plus payment to workers who will do assembly of the pergola is estimated to be $1,600, bringing to total cost of the Pergola Project to $7,332.77 more or less.
TLC Christmas Party/peer support: Will be held on December 19, 2008, lunchtime, at the American Memorial Park Pavilion. Motion to approve the expenditure of up to $250 to support Christmas Party was made and approved.
CGC Grant: Maria Islam will be paid reimbursement for transportation as agreed at the rate of $5/day for opening the clubhouse, upon submission of records.
New Business:
1. Grant Application - Systems of Care for youth with mental health, emphasis on emotional disturbance: Application is due January 15, 2009, but CGC not applying for grant. Concern was expressed because those mental health services are needed. Only a state agency can apply. UCEDD/DD Council are state agencies which could apply. Upon information and belief, UCEDD/DD Council are attempting to get application prepared. Tom Camacho is contacting University of Hawaii to assist in preparing grant application.
A motion was made to send a letter from CAMI to urge application for grant and offering to assist in any way possible. The motion was approved and Kaye Christian will prepare the letter. Betty Miller will route letter through PSS SPED to get their further support.
Emergency Fund: will be discussed at next meeting when Tim Faska can be present.
Fundraising: Kaye Christian will write a letter to the Legislators requesting donations. Other ideas considered were an ice cream party for kids and/or a cookie decorating party at which parents will attend with child or persons could sponsor a child. ACT could assist.
Kids’ Party: It was decided to have a New Year’s Party for kids on December 28, 2008, Sunday afternoon, from 2-4 p.m. Betty Miller will get teachers to volunteers to set up stations and all kids will be invited so kids will be mentoring other kids. Advertising of event was discussed. Betty Miller will do a survey to determine interest. Kaye Christian and Betty Miller will work together to plan event.
Raffle: Raffle tickets at $5/ticket are being sold to win a Barrie Wonenberg original.
Need for Psychiatrists: Concern was expressed that one psychiatrist is insufficient for the mental health needs of persons in the CNMI.
Adjourned: There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 6:25 p.m.

_____________________________________________
Jeanne H. Rayphand
Vice-President/Acting President

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MINUTES OF CAMI-CNMI MEETING 8-27-08

CAMI-CNMI held its duly noticed regular meeting on Wednesday, August 27, 2008, at 4:45 p.m. at the new CAMI Headquarters in Garapan, Saipan.
Present: Jeanne Rayphand, Vice-President/Acting President and Kaye Christian, Treasurer, were present.
Called to order: The meeting was called to order by the Acting President Jeanne Rayphand at 4:45 p.m.
Minutes of 5/28/08 meeting: Were approved by unanimous vote.
Treasurer’s report: The Treasurer reported that $1,003.65 had been raised through fund-raising activities and that $450 had been paid to Maria Islam as reimbursement for transportation expenses, and that $100 was paid to Ellen Rayphand for the art class and activity she prepared.and presented The Treasurer also reported that she had advanced payment of $410 to update tax and license documentation and $4323 for the Pergola Project.
Old Business:
1. CHC Psych Unit Pergola for Patio: Pictures of the Pergola show that it will be a beautiful structure and a significant benefit to the patients in the CHC Psych. Unit. Kaye Cristian has advanced $4,323 for this project.
Motion: A motion was made to reimburse Kaye Christian the sum of $593 from fundraising funds and $2,400 from grant money intended for projects for a total of $2,993. The balance of $1,330 advanced for the Pergola Project is to be raised through future fundraising activities.
The motion was approved.
2. Fundraising: Future fundraising activities will include a Children’s Ice Cream Social, a Christmas Craft Bazaar, a Trash-to-Treasure Store, a Recycling Project, and an Anti-stigma Lighting the Way campaign. Specific dates will be scheduled in future.
3. Status of CGC Grant: A complete list will be prepared. In May, the First Annual Family Fun Fair & Awareness Day was held on May 30, 2008. In July, an Art Class was presented by Ellen Rayphand on July 26, 2008. The opening of the new CAMI headquarters was held in August and a tour of the premises and ideas for renovation and use were discussed. It is anticipated that a fund-raising ice cream social will be held in September and Kaye Christian will head up the planning and scheduling of this event.
New Business
1. Reimbursement to Kaye Christian for costs in updated and filing non-profit corporation documents and taxes. Kaye Christian has advanced $410 for updating and filing corporatioin documents.
Motion: A motion was made to reimburse Kaye Christian the sum of $410 from fundraising funds for the costs in updating and filing of non-profit corporation documents and taxes.
The motion was approved.
2. Block Grant: Kaye Christian reported on the review of the Block Grant. The state of mental health in the CNMI is a serious concern, particularly considering that the services and staff available are declining in a downward spiral.

Adjourned: There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 5:15 p.m.
_____________________________________________
Jeanne H. Rayphand
Vice-President/Acting President

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MINUTES OF CAMI-CNMI MEETING 5/28/2008

CAMI-CNMI held its regular meeting on Wednesday, May 28, 2008, at 6:05 p.m. at the Clubhouse in the BenCam Building in Garapan, Saipan.
Present: Jeanne Rayphand, Vice-President/Acting President; Kaye Christian, Treasurer; and Maria Islam.
Called to order: The meeting was called to order by the Acting President Jeanne Rayphand at 6:05 p.m.
Minutes of 3/26/08 meeting: Were approved by unanimous vote.
Treasurer’s report: The Treasurer reported that we are still in the process of fundraising for CHC Psych Unit Patio project and a formal accounting will be provided next week. We have received the $10,000 grant from CGC, $3,000 of which has been paid to Kaye Christian for reimbursement for expenses in bring George Badillo, peer trainer, to Saipan, and expenses incurred in attending the NARPA convention in November 2007, as previously approved. We are awaiting documentation from Maria Islam to determine amount of stipend or transportation reimbursement for her opening and maintaining Clubhouse.
Old Business:
1. CHC Psych Unit Patio & Painting: A fundraising parking lot sale and a raffle to win a Barrie Wonenberg original ceramic piece has resulted in the collection of close to $1,000, a complete accounting to be provided next week after the close of Mental Health Awareness Month. A total of approximately $3,100 plus shipping cost is needed for the pergola. Kaye Christian advanced $1,600 of her own money in order to place order for pergola. A concept drawing should be ready to show by Friday, May 30, 2008, at the Family Fun Fair & Awareness Day, when the raffle winners will be drawn.
As a additional fundraising activity, a silent auction will be held at the Family Fun Fair & Awareness Day for Barrie Wonenberg ceramic pieces.
2. CGC Grant: As a part of our obligations under the CGC grant, CAMI-CNMI is responsible for providing one community activity and one art project per month for consumers and their families. During May 2008 CAMI-CNMI did a cooking project at TLC and sponsored the Open House at the Clubhouse. In addition, CAMI-CNMI is organizing the Family Fun Fair & Awareness Day on May 30, 2008, a community activity promoting awareness and including .
Ideas are needed for June and July community projects and art projects. Kaye Christian will coordinate a community project with Beautify CNMI during June. Any ideas and volunteers to participate in community projects and art projects will be most welcome.
New Business:
1. 1st Annual Family Fun Fair & Awareness Day, May 30, 2008. In future years, the name of this event will be: Annual Family Fun Fair & Wellness Day
The Fair is scheduled for 9:00 a.m. - 4 p.m., Friday, May 30, 2008, with the morning to be for set up and the program to be held in the afternoon.
NMPASI will be selling lunches: hot dogs/drinks/etc.
There will be lots of prizes for participants and the winners of the essay contest and the raffle will be announced.
Activities will include:
Canoe Paddling
Tai Chi
Singing
Cha-cha contest
Face Painting
Mother Read/Father Read
Author/books
Flower Dolls
Art/painting
Yard Sale
Everyone is invited to join in the activities and participate.
2. Miscellaneous:
a. Kaye Christian learned many positive things on her trip to Washington, D.C. in May 2008 and brought back much information, including a number of CDs. She will be doing presentations in the future.
b. This is the last CAMI-CNMI meeting to be held in the BenCam Building. The next meeting will be held in our new clubhouse in As Lito.
c. A motion was made to set the next regular meeting for August 27, 2008, at 6 p.m. at the new CAMI-CNMI headquarters in As Lito (instead of having a meeting in July). The motion passed by unanimous vote.
Adjourned: There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 6:38 p.m.
Next regular meeting: AUGUST 27, 2008, at 6:00 p.m.
at new CAMI-CNMI headquarters in As Lito
_____________________________________________
Jeanne H. Rayphand
Vice-President/Acting President

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MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS FUNDRAISERS - MAY 2008

MAY 10, 2008: PARKING LOT SALE at NMPASI Parking Lot, Middle Road, 7 a.m.-noon. Funds will be used to build a pergola and garden (gazebo type structure) in the courtyard of the CHC Psychiatric Unit. This is a joint fundraiser organized by CAMI-CNMI, NMPASI, & the Mental Health Planning Council. Donations being accepted at NMPASI Office on May 9 and morning of May 10.


MAY 2008: WIN A BARRY WONENBERG ORIGINAL. $5 raffle tickets being sold to raise money to improve our mental health facilities. Two people will win an original Barry Wonenberg ceramic piece.

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MINUTES OF CAMI-CNMI MEETING 3/26/08

CAMI-CNMI held its regular meeting on Wednesday, March 26, 2008, at 6:03 p.m. at the Clubhouse in the BenCam Building in Garapan, Saipan.
Present: Jeanne Rayphand, Vice-President/Acting President; Kaye Christian, Treasurer; Maria Islam, Lorretta Islam, Sue Gates, Lisa Bledsoe, & Christina Sakaziro.
Called to order: The meeting was called to order by the Acting President Jeanne Rayphand at 6:03 p.m.
Minutes of 1/23/08 meeting: Were approved by majority vote.
Treasurer’s report: The Treasurer reported that we have $64 in petty cash and $200.45 in the Bank of Hawaii from fundraising activities.
Old Business & New Business:
1. CHC Psych Unit Patio & Painting: Kaye Christian and Jeanne Rayphand met with John Flores, CHC facility administrator, and made site visit of CHC Psych Unit and TLC. The patio area has been cleared, cleaned and painted. The plan now, which is welcomed by Mr. Flores as well as Secretary of Public Health Joe Villagomez, is to build a structure to provide shade in the patio and to also paint the Psych Unit with warmer colors to make the unit more welcoming and therapeutic.
This project will be a joint project of CAMI-CNMI, NMPASI, and the Mental Health Planning Council. To move forward, ideas for fundraising are needed with the goal to make this a community effort, not simply a request for cash donations.
The target completion date is the end of May, Mental Health Awareness Month. The expected funds needed for the patio structure - and the goal for fundraising - is $1,500.
The idea of a garage sale in the NMPASI parking lot was discussed. NMPASI may join in to raise funds for the benefit of NMPASI at the same time.
MOTION: A motion was made to have a garage sale in the NMPASI parking lot from 7 a.m.- noon on April 26, 2008 (date to be confirmed so as not to conflict with Flametree Festival) with NMPASI invited to join in their own fundraising. The motion was seconded and approved.
Kaye Christian will do a solicitation letter to request donations and participation in garage sale.
Jeanne Rayphand will verify date of Flametree Festival.
Details will be worked on; donations can be delivered to NMPASI in advance and on morning of sale. List of donors and donations will be maintained in order to thank and give credit to those assisting with project.
Spaces will be available to others who want to sell items at sale at a flat rate of $20 per space with sellers to provide their own table.
Adjourned: The meeting adjourned at 6:50 p.m.
Next regular meeting: May 28, 2008, at 6:00 p.m.
Special meeting: A special meeting will be called to finalize details of parking lot sale.

_/s/____________________________________________
Jeanne H. Rayphand
Vice-President/Acting President

NOTE: BECAUSE THE FLAMETREE FESTIVAL WILL BE HELD APRIL 24-27, 2008,
OUR FUNDRAISING PARKING LOT SALE WILL BE HELD
7:00 A.M. - NOON ON MAY 10, 2008,
IN THE NMPASI PARKING LOT.

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Minutes of CAMI-CNMI meeting 1/23/08

COALITION ON THE ANTI-STIGMAS
OF MENTAL ILLNESS IN THE CNMI
MINUTES OF CAMI-CNMI MEETING 1/23/08

CAMI-CNMI held its regular meeting on Wednesday, January 23, 2008, at 6:15 p.m. at the Clubhouse in the BenCam Building in Garapan, Saipan.
Present: Jeanne Rayphand, Vice-President/Acting President; Kaye Christian, Treasurer; Maria Islam, member; Lorretta Islam, guest.
Called to order: The meeting was called to order by the Acting President Jeanne Rayphand at 6:15 p.m.
Minutes of 11/27/07 meeting: Were approved by majority vote.
Treasurer’s report: The Treasurer reported that we have $69 in petty cash and $200.45 in the Bank of Hawaii from fundraising activities. Donations in the value of $170.55 were donated for the TLC/CGC Christmas Party.
Old Business:
1. CHC Psych Unit Patio: Meeting was held with Joe Villagomez, Secretary of Public Health. Kaye Christian is authorized to lead committee to go forward with clearing/opening of patio to patients in Psych Unit.
2. Status of CGC Grant: Tilde Rosario was not present so status is unknown.
3. Christmas Party - TLC/CGC: Christmas party was successful; CAMI-CNMI donated t-shirts, movie passes, and gas coupons for gifts and paper products for the party.
New Business:
1. February 9, 2008, SAIWAI Valentine’s Day Walk: Motion was made that we participate in the Valentine’s Day Walk, that Kaye Christian will coordinate with TLC to include the participation of TLC residents and any other persons with mental illness, and Kaye Christian be authorized to spend up to $100 to cover the $5 participation fees for TLC residents and others with mental illness participating in the Walk. The motion was approved.
2. Teaming up with Beautify CNMI: After discussion, it was decided that Kaye Christian and Maria Islam will coordinate with Beautify CNMI and TLC/CGC to organize and join in clean up events in which TLC residents and other persons with mental illness can participate.
3 Painting walls in CHC Psyh Unit: After discussion, it was decided that Jeanne Rayphand will followup with Joe Villagomez, Secretary of Public Health, to arrange for and volunteer to paint walls in CHC Psych Unit.
4. Motion: A motion was made to pay Maria Islam $5.00 for opening the Clubhouse for this meeting. The motion was approved.
Adjourned: The meeting adjourned at 6:40 p.m.

_____________________________________________
Jeanne H. Rayphand
Vice-President/Acting President

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